‘I Only Connected Him To Person Selling Native Clothes, Caps’ – DCP Abba Kyari Denies Receiving Bribe From Hushpuppi To Jail Rival Fraudster
MDB earlier reported that Hushpuppi, according to US court documents, alleged that he bribed Abba Kyari to arrest a co-fraudster.
Federal authorities in the U.S. have been investigating Hushpuppi, 46, and his co-conspirators after their syndicate was busted in Dubai, New York and other top cities in June 2020.
According to the court document shared on the official website of US Department of Justice, Hushpuppi disclosed during interrogation that he paid bribe to Kyari, a deputy police commissioner, to have one of his rivals arrested and jailed in Nigeria following a dispute over a $1.1 million scam (N583,300,000) involving a Qatari businessperson.
Abbas allegedly conspired with Abdulrahman Imraan Juma, a.k.a. “Abdul,” 28, of Kenya, and Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, 40, of Nigeria, to defraud the Qatari businessperson of more than $1.1 million (N583,300,000) by claiming to be consultants and bankers who could facilitate a loan to finance construction of the planned school.
The businessperson was attempting to finance the construction of a school for children in Qatar.
However, the court documents outlined a dispute among members of the conspiracy, which allegedly prompted Vincent to contact the victim and tip the person off about the fraud, mentioning Hushpuppi and Juma.
Angered by this, Hushpuppi asked DCP Abba Kyarito arrest and jail Vincent. Following this, Kyari sent pictures of Vincent in jail and subsequently sent Hushpuppi bank account number to which a wire transfer should be made having done a good job as sent by Hushpuppi.
Reacting to the allegation that has now gone viral and sparked calls for his sack by the Federal Government, Abba Kyari denied ever personally receiving money from Hushpuppi.
Speaking via his Facebook page, the DCP stated that 2 years ago, the suspected international fraudster called his office, saying his family’s life was being threatened by Vincent.
He stated that based on the tip-off, his officers reacted by arresting but that after investigation, they discovered there wasn’t an actual threat to anyone’s life but that it was a case of long time friends having money issues.
Kyari said the suspect was not jailed but released on bail, adding that person is still alive and that no money was collected from Hushpuppi on the request to jail the suspect.
Speaking on the photos he allegedly sent to Hushpuppi and account number, the DCP said the international fraudster saw some of clothes on his social media page and he expressed interest in shopping for them.
Kyari explained that he then connected the seller of the clothes with Hushpuppi and he N300,000 directly to the person’s account for native attires and five caps.
However, additional details in the indictment file contained how Kyari left his job as a police officer and travelled to Dubai to enjoy a good time with, who lived at Palazzo Versace in the Emirati commercial capital.
Hushpuppi “sent a car and driver to drive” Kyari around “during that trip,” FBI unsealed indictment said.
Also during the trip, Kyari bragged to Hushpuppi about some of his so-called crime-busting activities in Nigeria, to which Hushpuppi responded by playing allegiance to the police chief.
“Am really happy to be ur boy,” Hushpuppi told Kyari in an intercepted message. “I promise to be a good boy to u sir.”
Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, the Federal Government was yet to react to the allegations that has sparked calls for Kyari’s immediate sack and investigation.